Murder bid at EK shopping centre leaves residents living in fear

An attempted murder bid at an East Kilbride shopping centre has left residents fearing for their safety.

Police have remained on the scene today with large parts of Calderwood Square cordoned off and shops remaining closed.

Only the pharmacy and some delis and hairdressers were open after the shocking attack between 9 and 10pm last night.

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CID officers have been on the scene and uniformed officers have been carrying out door-to door-enquiries at flats above the shops, with CCTV footage also being examined, it is understood.

We told you earlier how a large scale police presence remained on the scene this morning after reports of a stabbing.

It has now been confirmed that a 24-year-old man was rushed to hospital for treatment following the incident, which is being treated as attempted murder.

This latest attack comes just a few weeks after two women were allegedly attacked in Calderwood in broad daylight within the space of 15 minutes. A 45-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges in relation to these incidents.

A woman who lives in flats above the shops told Lanarkshire Live: “I heard a lot of noise and commotion last night and saw all the police. People up here are really worried and concerned about a stabbing, it’s scary.”

Another resident who lives near the square said: “A stabbing is such a horrific thing, I will think twice about coming down to the square at night on my own.

“I also look after my granddaughter and I won’t be bringing her down here at night to take her home from now on. It’s sad that it has come to this.”

Murder bid at EK shopping centre leaves residents living in fear

And one man, who lives across the road from the square said: “I got the shock of my life when I opened the curtains this morning and saw so many police. The attention seems to be focused on the flats.”

A take-away employee also posted on social media saying she and other workers were “terrified” by last night’s events.

Another man said East Kilbride “had gone downhill rapidly” with the number of incidents in recent weeks.

He added: “This latest one is a real worry, especially for a lot of older people who rely on local squares like this. Is it going to get to the stage where people are scared to use them?”

Meanwhile, an elderly female resident fears the incident could be linked to alleged “drug dealing” in the area.

Murder bid at EK shopping centre leaves residents living in fear
A 24-year-old was stabbed at the Calderwood shopping precinct

She said: “There are issues with drugs in some of the flats above Calderwood Square as far as we know, and with what has happened just a few weeks ago, things seem to be getting worse.”

A police spokeswoman said: “An investigation is under way following a disturbance in Calderwood Square.

“This resulted in a 24 year old man being stabbed. The incident is being treated as attempted murder and enquiries are ongoing.”

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